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Step 2 IAPT Senior Assessor

Location: Manchester

About us

Big Life is in the business of changing lives. We fight inequality by working with people and places to create opportunities and inspire change. The Big Life group works to develop partnerships with communities, decision-makers, and services to widen opportunities, grow local assets and build resilience.

Our services work with people on all areas of their life and help them with the things that matter most to them, working with them to remove all the obstacles to changing their life for the better. We help people see the skills and support they already have so they can build on it. This is known as working in the Big Life Way.

What you’ll be doing

As a Senior Assessor within our Talking Therapies Manchester service, you will focus on triaging incoming referrals – managing any risks and assessing safeguarding needs while identifying the appropriate client care pathway. You will assess individuals who are presenting with complex or comorbid presentations, who are likely to benefit from mental health support that is not offered within Step 2 IAPT services.

Are you looking to join a supportive team where you can learn and develop as a practitioner?

What we need from you

  • A relevant qualification (i.e., IAPT PWP Post Graduate Certificate, Counselling) or have a core profession
  • Experience of using evidence-based tools and techniques for assessments, to help motivate service users and help them establish their therapy goals
  • Good time management and organisational skills relating to the overall number of service user contacts offered and assessment carried out
  • Excellent assessment and communication skills
  • Enthusiasm, confidence and the ability to work flexibly without close direction
  • You need an enhanced level DBS check for this role

What we will offer you in return

  • A permanent contract, with an annual salary of £29,180 (NHS Band 5 plus 2 years)
  • 25 days holiday, and 30 once you’ve been here five years
  • A relaxed culture where you are expected to plan your own day, take breaks when you need them and enjoy your work
  • Ongoing personal and professional development through regular supervision
  • A supportive, flexible approach to managing staff health and wellbeing, including a wide range of perks, schemes and support.

What next?

If you’re ready to make a difference and improve the lives of people living with mental health difficulties, then click apply and complete the short application process.

Studies have shown that women and people of colour are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every single qualification. We are dedicated to creating a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace and would especially like to hear from applicants from Black, Asian and other racially marginalised communities.

If you’re excited about this role but your past experiences don’t fit perfectly with every element of the job description, please don’t let that put you off. You might be just the person we’re looking for!

The closing date for applications is Sunday 12 February at midnight.

Applications received after this time will not be considered and CVs will not be accepted. Interviews dates TBC. If you need more support or for information in a different format, please contact